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  1. Soma or Enclosure Beds... Cruel or not?
    I'm learning to appreciate them. I think they agitate certain patients. I also think it is hard to keep them clean. I don't prefer them but then I don't prefer my patients to be disoriented either. I...
    Aug 26
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  2. Think I'll be Placed in Charge...
    I'm a year in and that conversation is coming up a lot. I'm really not comfortable with the responsibility. I also feel everyone with more experience than me should be oriented to charge first, but...
    Aug 21
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  3. What did your manager do for you?
    Biggest positives? She is on the floor constantly, will take calls at any time, will go to bat for our patients with the docs if need be Biggest negatives? Doesn't keep promises regarding the...
    Aug 17
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  4. germ-zapping robots
    We just got them. For enteric rooms, the janitors clean the room first and then it is blocked for the machine to clean. It takes forever but hey if it works, whatever. Too soon for data on it though.
    Aug 17
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  5. Difficult family (Long)
    I feel like this scenario is more and more common on my floor. Some people are never ready to let go and it breaks my heart to call the RRT or transfer them to the unit but it can't be helped. I...
    Aug 17
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  6. Saying No!
    I rarely get called, but I have no problem saying no. I know what it's like to work understaffed but someone gets paid more than me to have these staffing headaches. That being said, I hate hate hate...
    Aug 9
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  7. **POLL** New 1st Year RN Salary
    1) Philadelphia area 2) $30.65, only 10% diff for nights, no extra for weekends, no annual raises 3) new grad, but I externed for a year so I think I got a higher base than others 4) tele oncology
    Aug 9
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  8. help.  They don't like me.
    I just got through my first year as a nurse and can relate. I struggled to adjust throughout this entire year, and I'm also not the most social butterfly. If I were you, I would focus on your work....
    Aug 8
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice
  9. nursing & tattoos
    I never understand the idea that you shouldn't get tattoos simply because our culture defines them as unprofessional. I am more than my job; if I choose to be inked head to toe outside of the 40...
    Aug 8
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  10. New Grad/Hate My Job/Life is Miserable!
    Next month is my first nursaversary, and boy has it been a year. I'm not sure when I'll really feel competent, because I'm not there yet. I can say even since 2 months ago I'm finding I am way more...
    Jul 31
    Forum: Nursing First Job Hunt Assistance
  11. When to start applying
    In my area, they had so many nurses to choose from that they told me not to bother applying until I had my license, EXCEPT the postings for nurse residency programs. Not all health systems have the...
    Jul 29
    Forum: Nursing First Job Hunt Assistance
  12. Can not make it out of orientation???
    I had a preceptor like that, and got so rushed that I made a med error. I usually had a problem asking for help, but that day I did, and I warned her I couldn't think at the pace we were at and...
    May 17
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  13. May 2014 Caption Contest: Win $100!
    I just feel like no one listens to me!
    May 17
    Forum: allnurses News and Announcements
  14. Trying to get an idea of pay rate in my area
    Hey, I work in Philadelphia. Started as a new grad BSN in a magnet hospital at $30.65/hr. I get 10% extra when I work nights, though permanent nights has a larger differential from what I'm told. No...
    May 3
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  15. What is your degree in other than nursing?
    BA in Anthropology, Human Biology track. I minored in Spanish.
    Apr 8
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  16. Leaving 1st job before 1 year
    I'm in the same boat in the same city! I'm stuck in the same hospital for at least another year because I signed a contract though. Penn had a lot of postings recently if you do apply elsewhere,...
    Apr 3
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  17. Best Hospitals in Philadelphia for a New Grad
    Like they said, anywhere that will hire you.
    Mar 27
    Forum: Pennsylvania Nursing
  18. Sitter breaks
    We give breaks an assigned time, so everyone knows when the 1:1 needs coverage. We break up the 15s and 30 min break. They are written with the assignment so breaks don't overlap. I sat on my fair...
    Mar 26
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  19. Grad nurse residency wants 3 year commitment
    My contract states I have to pay 6k if I leave before 2 years. It's not ideal, but it is the only offer I got lol. I have the option of transferring in-house after a year though, so if my floor isn't...
    Jan 18
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  20. Hating my job
    I've been off orientation about two months too. I had a realization that although I really wanted this job to work for me long-term, it likely will be one I leave in a year. That being said, I'm so...
    Jan 16
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  21. How should I approach my coworker?
    Have you tried calling her "old lady" in response to her calling you a "little girl"? I'm sure it won't solve your problems but it might make her get the point on the nickname :P
    Jan 16
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  22. question about pressure ulcer..
    Is it over the bony prominence? I've been told by my wocrns that what I thought was pressure related breakdown was moisture related, and the reasoning they had was that the wound was not over a bony...
    Jan 8
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  23. Question for new grads...
    Yes, but it depends on where you live and what job you want.
    Jan 7
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice
  24. Accelerated BSN and ADN programs route; Which to choose?
    As someone who completed an ABSN, there are a lot of factors. There is very little financial aid for a 2nd bachelor's, and ADN programs tend to be a lot less expensive . It also depends on where you...
    Jan 5
    Forum: Registered Nurses: Diploma / ADN / BSN
  25. Concerns about getting a job after graduation
    My area is very competitive and my externship got me my job. Of my core NS friend group, the only one who didn't get a job immediately is the only one who didn't work as a tech or extern. That being...
    Jan 3
    Forum: General Nursing Student